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December 5, 2012 - Jim Anderson
The Detroit Lions haven’t won a game against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin since 1991.
That 21-game losing streak includes a playoff loss (1994), a number of blowouts, some close calls and 14 different starters at quarterback for Detroit.
That’s right. Fourteen.
The Packers, meanwhile, have started three: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and, lest we forget, Matt Flynn, who threw for six touchdowns on New Year’s Day before going into witness protection in Seattle.
The Lions quarterbacks, in reverse historical order: Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill, Daunte Culpepper, Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, Jeff Garcia, Joey Harrington, Charlie Batch, Gus Frerotte, Scott Mitchell, Don Majkowski, Dave Krieg, Rodney Peete and Andre Ware.
Is your head finished hurting yet?
The 38-year-old Batch, by the way, has played for only two teams in his NFL career — the Lions and the Steelers. It only seems like he’s played for 12.
The last Lions quarterback to beat the Packers in Wisconsin was Erik Kramer. Green Bay’s quarterback that day (Dec. 15, 1991 — headline: Gov. Bill Clinton wins Democratic straw poll in Florida) was Mike Tomczak. He went 18 for 40 in a 21-17 defeat.
Stafford, who will quarterback the Lions on Sunday night at Lambeau, was three years old at the time. Favre, the history books say, was cracking jokes on the bench in Atlanta.
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